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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Advising Information and Resources

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/advisinginformation/
 

Academic Advising is an important partnership between the student and their advisor. All successful advising relationships include careful planning, authentic communication, and personal responsibility. The following websites provide you helpful information and resources as an advisor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
 

 

SBS Advising Questions for Faculty/Staff

SBS Advising Center
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Armstrong Hall 114
507-389-2416
Advising Center Email: u-1@mnsu.edu 

Student Relations Coordinator: Melissa (Mel) Iverson
Academic Advisor: Jodie Ward
Office Manager: Judy Olson-Passer
 

 

Advising Training Opportunities

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences provide various trainings for advisors. Information about these opportunities are communicated by the College at the beginning of each semester. 

For more information or to set up a training for your department, contact Mel Iverson, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Relations Coordinator, at melissa.iverson@mnsu.edu.
 

  • Advising 101 Training: The SBS Advising Center will be offering Advising 101 training again this semester! This training is recommended for new faculty members and advisors in SBS, but would also serve a great refresher for those who are interested. Topics include: General education, 8/2 rule, reading a Degree Audit Report (DARs), accessing your advisee list, and more! 
    • Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 @ 9:00-10:30 a.m.
    • Armstrong Hall 123
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of the session you plan on attending!
       
  • Advising 201 Training: Advising 201 goes more in depth into advising policy, procedures, resources, and various ideas on how to connect with your advisees. Topics include: Registration policies and information, appeals, academic warning/probation, transfer information, and much more!
    • Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 @ 9:00-10:30 a.m.
    • Armstrong Hall 123
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of the session you plan on attending!
       
  • Using MavConnect for Advising: This training will focus how to use MavConnect for advising! We will learn how to find advisee lists, email advisees as a group, enter advising notes, and more. Please bring your computer to this session. Please email Mel Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator, at melissa.iverson@mnsu.edu if you plan on attending.
    • Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. - noon
    • Armstrong Hall 123
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of the session you plan on attending!
       
  • Advising Transfer Students: Transfer students are an important part of our university population! Transfer students can have different advising needs and challenges than other populations on campus. This session will focus on understanding the transfer advising experience and provide information and resources to help advisors work with the advising needs of our transfer students. Please email Mel Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator, at melissa.iverson@mnsu.edu if you plan on attending.
    • Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m.- noon in AH 123
    • Armstrong Hall 123
    • To sign up, email Mel with the day/time of the session you plan on attending!
       

What is MavConnect by Starfish?

  • A student success platform that helps deliver advising notes, early alert surveys, midterm reports, and allows for online advising appointment scheduling.
  • It is a system that can flag students at risk, pinpoint areas of concern, reinforce positive academic engagement, and connect students with early interventions.
  • Faculty and advisors can use MavConnect by Starfish to connect with advisees, document advising interactions, and raise alerts/flags/concerns throughout the semester, not just at early alert and mid-term time.